Mumford & Sons made a bold return to the U.K. bestsellers yesterday (Sunday) as their sophomore album Babel (Universal Island) debuted at No. 1 with opening sales of just under 159,000, the best first-week tally of any artist in 2012. Meanwhile, the Island label was also celebrating on the singles chart, as K-Pop claimed its first No. 1 U.K. success, with South Korean artist PSY's "Gangnam Style" (Universal Island) climbing 3-1.
Babel easily outstripped the 117,000 opening sales of Lana Del Rey's Born To Die (Polydor/Universal) to become the fastest-selling artist album of the year to date. In the process, it becomes the folk-rock band's first U.K. chart-topper. Their Sigh No More debut celebrates its 138th week in the top 75 this week by jumping 21-10, its highest ranking since March, 2011, but the slow-building album's peak position was No. 2 a month before that. Total U.K. sales of Sigh have now reached 1.3 million copies, according to the Official Charts Company. "I Will Wait," the first single from the new set, climbed 16-12 on the new survey.
Green Day's ¡ Uno! (Reprise/Warner Music) made a No. 2 debut on the album chart, with Pink's The Truth About Love (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) dipping 2-3 and the Killers' Battle Born (Vertigo/Universal), last week's new entry at No. 1, falling to No. 4. Jonathan & Charlotte, an operatic duo who came to prominence on this year's "Britain's Got Talent" series, arrived at No. 5 with Together (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment).
Also new in the top ten was Canadian producer Deadmau5 with Album Title Goes Here (Mau5strap/Parlophone EMI), at No. 9. English singer-songwriter Luct Rose's Like I Used To debut (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) made a No. 13 start, outselling No Doubt's reunion set Push and Shove (Interscope/Universal), which was new at No. 16. Long-serving Scottish band Deacon Blue entered at No. 19 with The Hipsters (Edsel), their highest position for a new studio set since their early and mid-1990s heyday, when they amassed five top five albums from 1990 to 1995 including two No. 1s. It's now ten weeks at No. 1 on the compilations chart for Now! That's What I Call Music 82 (EMI TV/Universal Music TV).
34-year-old PSY, born Park Jae-sang, sold 84,000 copies of "Gangnam Style" in the U.K. last week, an increase of 73%. After two weeks at No. 1, The Script's "Hall of Fame" (Phonogenic/Epic/Sony Music Entertainment), featuring will.i.am, fell back a place, with 57,000 new sales. Flo Rida's "I Cry" (Atlantic/Warner Music), which dropped three places to No. 9 last week, reached a new peak of No. 3, and Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" (Mercury/Universal) also posted a new best ranking with a 5-4 climb.
fun. jumped 14-7 with "Some Nights" (Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic/Warner Music), "She Wolf (Falling To Pieces)" (Positiva/Virgin/EMI) by David Guetta featuring Sia 14-8 and "Turn Around" (Parlophone/EMI) by Conor Maynard featuring Ne-Yo 18-9.